Fitz and the Tantrums use covers to energize crowd

Tyler Mead, Associate Arcade Editor

Fitz and the Tantrums lit things up last Saturday night at the House of Blues.

As part of the band’s “The Walker” tour, Fitz and the Tantrums brought its unique ’80s alt rock sound to New Orleans. Front man Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs brought enormous amounts of energy and fun to the venue which the audience gleefully matched.

Not only did they bring out their biggest hits like “MoneyGrabber,” which literally had audience members on the floor, and “The Walker” as massive closers, but also covers and beautiful renditions of their other, lesser known songs.

Early in the set, the band played a cover of “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics. The techno-pop anthem was taken to another level when belted out by Fitzpatrick. The song fit strangely into the set which predominantly featured songs from latest album, “More Than Just a Dream.” Along with the euro-pop interlude, the saxophonist broke his solo halfway through to perform the solo from Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty to Me” after which he casually returned to the song “L.O.V.”

One of the biggest highlights was a slowed-down version of “Last Raindrop.” The song already holds a place as the band’s most intimately romantic songs mixed with a sense of heartbreak. Scaggs confided to the audience it was her favorite song to perform, and the charged duet proved to be beyond moving.

Although the set was void of any songs from their previous album, “Picking Up the Pieces” Fitz and the Tantrums’ show was an unforgettable, high energy experience.